Consequences of osteoporosis

It is estimated that every year in the UK there are more than 500,000 broken bones caused by osteoporosis, that's one very second.

People with osteoporosis are more likely to break a bone after a simple fall, lifting a heavy object or moving in a way that twists the spine.

A simple fall could be defined as falling from a height of less than one metre.

In the UK, there are an estimated 500,000 new fragility fractures each year; that’s one every minute.

Whilst osteoporosis itself does not cause pain, broken bones as a result of osteoporosis often cause pain, although spinal compression fractures can sometimes present no symptoms at all.

Sometimes, broken bones can result in long-term, physical consequences that cause ongoing pain. Osteoporosis can also have a much wider impact on the lives of those affected, beyond broken bones and their direct consequences.

Find out more about the different consequences that osteoporosis can have by selecting an option below.

  • Broken wrist
  • Spinal compression fractures
  • Broken hip
  • Pain
  • Long-term, physical consequences
  • Impact on daily life